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Arquivo de Mulher Judia

Fiddler on the roof – Shabbath prayer

“Baruch Atá Adonay, Elohênu Mélech ha’Olam, asher kideshánu bemitsvotáv, vetsivánu lehadlic nêr shel Shabat.”

Sara Esther Crispe – Positive Judaism

Sara Esther Crispe, a writer, inspirational speaker and mother of four, is the editor of TheJewishWoman.org. To book Sara Esther for a speaking engagement, please click here.
“Dear Rachel” is a bi-weekly column that is answered by a rotating group of experts. This question was answered by Sara Esther Crispe.
“Dear Rachel,
I am a second generation Holocaust survivor with parents who both went through Auschwitz. While my parents both clearly had a relationship with G‑d, they were not observant and were in too much pain to ever discuss what Judaism meant to them. Because of that, we were raised with Judaism being about the plight of our people, how we have always been victims and how everyone hates us. It was as if Judaism was a curse that there was simply no escaping. Now that I have children of my own, I want to raise them to love their Judaism but all I know of it is pain. Do you have any guidance?
D.M.”
- Dear D.M.,
Unfortunately, we are a People who have gone through a tremendous amount of pain and suffering. Not just recently but throughout our history. However, we are so much more than that, and identifying ourselves only through tragedy results in a Judaism that does feel to be a curse rather than the blessing that it is.
You need to be inspired before you can inspire your children.
Unfortunately, so much of what is focused on when people learn about Judaism in history books or through the media is related to the Holocaust or the fighting in Israel or modern day anti-Semitism. So if this is what our children are exposed to, how can we blame them for not wanting much to do with Judaism?
Yet, it is our responsibility and ability to ensure that the younger generation, as well as our own, recognizes and is able to live the beauty, spirit and meaning of Judaism.
To start with, you yourself are going to need to be inspired before you can inspire your children. But that doesn’t mean that they have to wait while you first learn. There are so many things that you can do together to start building a Jewish life that is future focused, and not stuck in the past.
You can easily find your local Chabad House, which is sure to offer a variety of programming both for adults and children.
Attend a class together, go to Shabbat services, have a Friday night meal where you sing songs, play games and share your ideas and feelings with one another. The more that you and your children experience Judaism the more you will connect to it and to its beauty, rather than it being solely associated with negative occurrences.

Depending on the age of your children, you could look into enrolling them in a Jewish camp or Hebrew school. This will not only provide them with much needed learning, but they will be in a social environment where Judaism will be fun and they will be surrounded by other Jewish children whom they will become friends with.

It shows how much you careThere is no question that our history is important, and we must learn about our past in order to ensure that such tragedy never befall us, or any people, ever again. But it is vital that the negative be countered with that much more positive.

This is why many of the programs that travel to Poland and go to the extermination camps and learn about the Holocaust, end the trip by going to Israel. The idea is to show the participants that we were not destroyed. That Jewish life has not only continued but has flourished. And that by living a Jewish life and loving our Judaism, we ensure that not only our present is strong but our future as well.

If you are writing to me it shows how much you care and that you will not allow another generation of Jews to be victims. This is a great start. And the fact that you are on TheJewishWoman.org means that you are already aware of the resources available and the learning that you can provide for yourself and your children.

Keep learning, keep growing and, one step at a time, include Jewish practices in your life. The more your children see how much your Judaism means to you and how important it is in your life, the more it will become important in theirs.

“I am so very sorry that your parents had to suffer so terribly. There is no explanation that can possibly be given for what so many Jews have endured throughout the years. But know that the best gift you can give them is to ensure that their grandchildren and great- grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren are proud Jews living fulfilling Jewish lives.”

All the best on your journey and if you let me know where you live, I would be more than happy to make the introduction to the Rabbi and Rebbetzin at your local Chabad House.

Rachel

*Chabad.com.org

Mitsvot – Que não me fez Mulher…

* 16 Adar, 5769
* Republicação de artigo postado em 13 Sivan 5768 (16/06/08)

Beit Chabad – Mitsvot Especiais da Mulher
- Entre as inúmeras Bênçãos Matinais, Brachot Hashachar, uma delas é pronunciada apenas pelos homens e gera muita polêmica e interpretações equivocadas. Como as demais brachot, ela possui a mesma estrutura ou seja:
“Bendito seja D’us, Rei do Universo, que …”,
“…SheLo Assani ishá”…
“que não me fez mulher”.
Pronto! Há mulheres que ficam indignadas, sentindo-se ofendidas, até ultrajadas, e homens constrangidos com tal declaração.
No entanto, não devemos nos impressionar ou sermos levados pelas aparências ou por interpretações pessoais.
Qualquer um familiarizado com a alta estima na qual a mulher judia é tida na Torá e com o lugar o qual ocupa na vida judaica, não será ingênuo a ponto de pensar que esta bênção reflete algo negativo sobre a feminilidade judaica.
* Os mandamentos possuem um sentido mais profundo.
Durante a era da profecia houve sete profetisas mencionadas pelo nome no Tanach, e nota-se na Torá que Sara foi, em certos aspectos, até superior a Avraham, pois D’us disse a Avraham:
“Tudo o que Sara te disser, ouve-a.”
Sem mencionar outros fatos ocorridos em nossa história que engrandecem e colocam a mulher em um nível superior e ímpar na vida judaica.
Por natureza, a tarefa do homem é ser provedor, enquanto a mulher tem que dividir seu dia entre administrando a vida do lar, educação de seus filhos, e de toda a família com paciência e extrema competência, com todas as qualidades que a Divina Providência tão generosamente lhe conferiu.
Hoje aliada ao exercício da vida profissional, para muitas, exige ainda mais disciplina e perfeita estratégia para que não haja falhas em seu planejamento; e ela já se cobra muito de si mesma.
A Torá, justamente por este motivo, eximiu a mulher judia da obrigação de cumprir certas mitsvot.
“Apesar da mulher judia estar igualmente obrigada, como o homem, a cumprir todas as proibições da Torá, os mandamentos proibitivos (e estes são a maioria – 365 “não faças” para 248 “faça”).”
– Entretanto, no que se refere aos mandamentos positivos, a mulher judia está isenta do cumprimento de alguns deles (de modo algum, não todos), principalmente os que têm um fator tempo ou limite, em consideração aos seus importantes deveres conjugais e maternais, aos quais a Torá dá precedência.
“Neste aspecto, portanto, a mulher judia é antes “privilegiada.”
Assim sendo, o homem judeu, a quem não foram concedidos os privilégios especiais, tem a seu favor a oportunidade de estar estreitar seu relacionamento com D’us mais frequentemente pelo cumprimento daquelas mitsvot das quais a mulher está isenta.
Esta não é uma compensação pequena e é por esta razão – pela oportunidade de servir a D’us com estes preceitos adicionais – que o homem recita a bênção “que não me fez mulher”.
Sob o ângulo feminino, toda mulher judia deve estar consciente de ter sido dotada de uma maior sensibilidade que permite estabelecer uma conexão com D’us de forma direta e profunda.
Sob este prisma, sua natureza é mais uma vantagem, um ponto a seu favor.
O fato de D’us tê-la isentado de certas tarefas mostra todo apreço que Ele dedica ao seu papel essencial dentro do povo judeu e na garantia de sua continuidade.
* Fonte: BeitChabad.Org.br
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